It's Pre-E3 week! And... everyone's announcing their games now instead of next week? Huh. Okay. But that's not all that's going on, with the long awaited release of the cartoony sci-fi MMO WildStar. Will you be heading to Nexus? Let us know in an all new edition of Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
Work and impending final degree exams have been distracting the vast majority of my gaming time this week, but I've managed to dip my toes ever so briefly into Watch_Dogs. It's very much not the big game changer that generated the hype in 2012 (and propelled it to one of the best new IP débuts in the industry when it went on sale), but it's basically, in a reductive way, another well done Ubisoft open world, just with hacking. I've barely played it - I've only just met Clara, which after Doctor Who is driving me nuts as everyone calls her 'Claire-rah'! - but I'll keep on with it. Seems like the game everyone should be excited about is the inevitable Watch_Dogs 2: Doge_Boogaloo though, instead of this one.
In fact, I've done more gaming related stuff by absolutely living and breathing Transistor's sublime soundtrack. It has consumed me, consumed I say!
Everyone's desperately trying to shove their video games out this week, as the shadow of E3 next week looms. I think there's like, 1 game due out next week. You don't put out games during E3!
This week is kicked off with today's 'official' release of WildStar on PC - even though most people have been playing it since early access started last Friday. Will this long awaited Sci-Fi MMO live up to the hype? I enjoyed what I played of the open beta, but I think I'll pass on a trip to Planet Nexus for now.
Meanwhile Murdered: Soul Suspect has been sent out to die this week on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One with little to no fanfare, another trio of Vita games hit (what is it with Vita games and threes?) in the form of Hyperdimension Neptunia PP, Playstation Vita Pets and Pixeljunk Shooter Ultimate (that last one's crossbuy with PS4, too!), the digital upgrade version of Ultimate Street Fighter IV lands on PSN and XBLA, and War Thunder, the free-to-play WWII dogfight game, makes its way to American PS4s. Europe's had it since launch!
Oh, and not to be left out, Nintendo is putting out the absurdly delightful, yet socially controversial Tomodachi Life for 3DS this Friday. This game looks nuuuuuuuuuuuts.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Industry forgets E3 is next week, announces ALL THE GAMES - Like, what the hell guys? It seems like this E3 especially has seen a ton of games and system stuff (like the Kinectless Xbox One!) that would usually be reserved for press conferences announced ahead of time. The past few days saw Microsoft reveal the very much anticipated Forza Horizon 2 - which bizarrely enough will be cross-gen - whilst Crytek revealed a new Homefront title having bought the IP back in the THQ closing, and Netherrealm unveiled the next generation of Mortal Kombat in a beautiful CG trailer (with TERRIBLE Wiz Khalifa rapping). What could it mean? E3 is so jam packed with good stuff we're getting all this stuff out of the way ahead of time? Or is the show's lustre beginning to fade for big corporations when it comes to game reveals? We'll find out this time next week!
- Mario Kart 8's release sees Wii U hardware/software sales skyrocket - Although it's not surprising that the eternally popular Mario Kart has given Nintendo's ailing console a shot in the arm, it's still notable just how good the latest Kart racer has done for the Wii U after a only a few days on shelves. In the UK for example, it's boosted Wii U system sales by a whopping 666%. LUIGI IS THE DEVIL CONFIRMED.
- Batman Arkham Knight joins basically every other new game in 2015 - Sorry, Bat fans. The next-gen exclusive final game in the Arkham trilogy was originally due out this October, but like so many before it, has been pushed back into 2015. It's a little bizarre that, after a good 2 or 3 years of developers complaining about a lack of new hardware to play with, in the XB1 and PS4's first year of release everyone was seemingly caught off guard and needs a bit long to work on their titles. I'm just hoping Dragon Age Inquisition survives the great 2014 Exodus (it's probably not going to, now I've said that). I'd like some games to play on my PS4, after all.
- Brief snippets of Project Beasts footage leak out - Speaking of PS4 games! Project Beast, the alleged Demon's Souls spiritual successor from SCE Japan and From Software that was allegedly expected to turn up at TGS last year, got a little more exciting with a leak of short snippets of footage from what appears to be a reveal trailer that in all likelihood will show up at Sony's E3 press conference. It looks like a Souls game, for sure - just... with a Shotgun? I'm on board.
We'll be back this time next Tuesday for more gaming discussion, but for now, sound off in the comments with the games you've been playing, and what you're looking forward to this week - and don't forget to join us on Steam!